Thursday, June 12, 2008

First Experience

On our first trip we went on the Pemi River . We went and explored many of coves plus this weird tunnel. The tunnel ent under the road and was filled with spiders so I did not go through. All the trips were boring because we did not get to fish. The first time I went on the kayaks I felt really unstable and I thought I was going to flip over. I was in a boat that Ryan made. If I was in a different boat I may have flipped over. I had expectations about kayaking because I had done it before. I knew it was boring. I thought people would try to flip me over. I knew if they flipped me over I would get them back. My other expectations were if I were to tip over I would not panic. I would just float in the water, it's not that hard. I did not want to kayak before the trip and I still do not. That was my first experience.

English Entry 3:

"The Sea Devil"

At the end of the story, the main character vows to never fish again. Given the circumstances, it is safe to assume that the fight with the Sea Devil scared him. One might assume that fear is the reason he wont fish. Another thought that was brought up in class is that the main character could now empathize with a trapped fish and thus would never hunt one again. What do you think?

Write an essay explaining the main character's reasons for vowing to never fish again. Appropriately cite evidence from the story that supports your argument. Also relate this story to your own life and the risks that you take. What would stop you from doing something you love? Was he right to give up fishing?


We are starting an independent project that shows problem solving skills and people skills. The title of our project is Spanky. It is a sawhorse with legs with wheels on the bottom of them strapped on with bike forks.
I will be working with Adam and we will make them out of some wood Adam's grandfather dropped off at the bike shop last week. It is a challenge because I will show problem solving skills by constructing from scratch a wooden saw horse. Then we're going to strap wheels to the bottom of the saw horse with 2 by 4's and we are going to try to make some steering mechanism for the saw horse.
We are going to use 6 inch nails and connect the legs to the bottom of the horse and then we are going to drill out the bottom of the legs to put the bike forks into them. Then we are going to super glue them into the drilled out holes in the bottom of it. Finally we are going to sand it down and spray paint it and put our own designs on the side of the horse. Then we will turn it in for our final grade and then the year is over.

My Proposal

Ryan assigned us a project for newfound challenge. We had to choose something that is challenging that showed problem solving skills and group people skills. James and I are finishing the kayak that Ryan was too busy to do by himself, so we're doing it for our final grade.
This project is going to be a challenge because we just have so much stuff to do and we don't have much time to do it. Its going to be a challenge because James is kinda slow and I'm kinda fast at some things. This might aggravate me.
We will show problem solving skills by remembering what we did on the first boat so we can build it and have it done. That will show people how much talent we have for building boats. Another problem solving skill we will use is using all the tools. To show people skills is like having fun and communication what we are doing.
I think this project will be fun. I'm looking forward to it.

shawns board design

I have come up with a new design for a skateboard and one for trucks and barrings and even the wheeles.
Right now im in the process of cutting a board shape out of wood becaue i dont have money for a blank.
i will be findin old trucks and wheeles and paint my design on them. I will even put grip tape on it and put it up for display. This will be really fun and when i get money for a blank I will really paint my design and even try to sell it.

My Proposal

Finishing Kayak

Ryan McMahon assigned us a group project to do so we chose to finish the kayak that Ryan is too lazy to finish(ha-ha). The main reason we are doing this is project is for a grade on our final exam. We are making the kayak to use if we go on any more kayak trips.
This project will be a challenge because it is hard to keep up with Mike when we cut out the top of boat. He works fast and it will be hard to keep up with him. It will be hard to get this done before it is due because we have minimal time to finish.
We will show problem solving skills when we run out of wood. Then we will find ways to get more wood. It will also be hard to do every thing right because their is a lot of things I forgot.
I will show people skills by working with Mike. It is hard too keep up with Mike. Also communicating and having fun while we will build the boat.
I think we will be finished the day before it is due because look who I am working with, a fast pace kind of guy who gets stuff done early.

Final Kayak Unit Post

Risk- Exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance

During our Kayak Trekking Unit we took many risks. By exposing you to risky situations we wanted you to learn more about yourself and how you deal with stress and difficult situations. By learning to deal well with difficulty and risk on the water you can improve how you deal with tough situations in regular life.
This is one of the main reasons why we went kayaking.

In a blog entry please answer the following:
1. Identify one risk that you took during the Kayak Trekking Unit.
2. How did you overcome this risk, what was the outcome? Did you "loose" anything or even get hurt?
3. Identify one risk that have taken in everyday life.
4. If you had to take this risk again, how might you approach this risk differently now that you have been through the Kayak Unit?